Dean’s Update 10/16/17

October 16th, 2017


We are excited to celebrate FACS Week 2017, an entire week of events in the college including the Saturday events to celebrate FACS students, faculty, staff and alumni. The week of Oct. 16 - 20 will begin with the FACS Homecoming Tailgate!  The 100 Days Countdown begins until the launch of the FACS 100 Centennial Celebration 2018.

Throughout FACS Week we will showcase academic excellence, hosting a variety of events including a social entrepreneurship panel, a Georgia disability history symposium, Dogs with the Dean student and alumni event and a Celebrating Excellence Awards Luncheon. In many classes faculty are inviting distinguished alumnae to speak to students, including a panel of parent and child FACS graduates who will discuss their career success. The events are listed on the web site and calendar, including who to contact for more information about each event

The stories about FACS Week have appeared in UGA Columns newsletter

The events are listed on the web site and calendar, including who to contact for more information about each event


The College of Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) Graduate Studies Strategic Five-Year Plan 2015- 2020 submitted in December 2015 was ambitious with plans over five years to increase the total enrollment of graduate students in FACS by ~75%. Most of the growth will be in PhD students and in non-thesis accelerated BS/MS. The Plan is based on the goals of the college Strategic Plan 2010-2020 to build on excellence in graduate education by increasing funding, providing flexible course offerings, establishing collaborations across colleges, enhancing both the quantity and number of assistantships and travel awards, and developing fully online degree offerings.

While the FACS college has had an accelerated BS to MS in two departments, the university-wide policies to facilitate dual degrees, officially launched as the UGA Double Dawgs program and the 21 approved Double Dawgs dual degrees approved for the college, has provided the platform for FACS to achieve our 2020 goals with ease. In addition, the end of FY17 marked the highest level of competitive research grants in the college. The committed research agenda in each department is fueling the enrollment gains in the PhD degree programs.

At this mid-point, the FACS College will make no adjustments to our ambitious goals outlined in the 2015-2020 Plan Indeed, fall 2017 enrollment confirmed by the Registrar, the Graduate School, and the ARGOS sources all indicate a 20 percent overall increase in fall graduate enrollment from 2015 to 2017. Enrollment in the college for Fall 2017 is 199 graduate students compared to Fall 2016 of 167.

THANKS everyone for supporting continued growth in FACS graduate education. The entire Report on Progress September 2017 submitted to the Provost is posted to our web site


By now we hope you’ve read or heard the news that FACS College and UGA have great opportunities ahead with the funding of the new Alliance for Clinical and Translational Science.

The news story of September 27: After a decade of research collaboration, ACTSI or the Atlanta Clinical & Translational Science Institute will welcome a new partner and change its name to be inclusive of a new statewide focus. As of today, the University of Georgia will officially become our fourth academic partner and ACTSI will now be known as the Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance (Georgia CTSA). This alliance of research advancement expands across the state through a five-year, $51 million Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH).

The compelling Georgia CTSA partnership of Emory University (Emory), Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), and the University of Georgia (UGA), will continue to build an academic home for clinical and translational research at its partner institutions, in Atlanta, and we are excited to broaden the Georgia CTSA’s reach across the state. Emory is a national leader in healthcare and biomedical research as well as an outstanding leader in clinical and translational research training and education. MSM is a leading historically black institution that addresses health disparities through successful community engagement programs and serves as a pipeline for training minority researchers. Georgia Tech is a national leader in biomedical engineering and the application of innovative systems engineering to healthcare solutions. UGA has a proven track record in outstanding basic and translational research and, as the State’s land-grant institution, offers a robust statewide network that enhances community outreach, service, and research. These institutions extend their current partnerships in healthcare, education, and cutting-edge interdisciplinary research to synergize Georgia CTSA.


The total grant with our partners (Emory, GaTech, Morehouse School of Medicine) is $51 million over five years (9/22/2017-6/30/22).  Along with UCSF, University of Michigan, Vanderbilt, Cornell, University of Washington, etc. this grant now positions us as one of the higher funded (“large”) CTSAs nationally.

Putting together the CTSA grant was truly a herculean effort by more than 25 people across Colleges/Schools: Family and Consumer Sciences, Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, Public Health, Pharmacy, Education, Terry School of Business, Franklin, Vet Med, Graduate School as well as the Institute of Gerontology, Center for Drug Discovery, Center for Family Research, Regenerative Bioscience Center, Clinical and Translational Research Unit, Institute of Bioinformatics, Office of the VP for Research, Innovation Gateway, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research, Center of Teaching and Learning, Online Learning, Office of VP for Instruction, Cooperative Extension, Archway Program…. to name a few!  We thanks Lynn Bailey, Carla Moore, FDN, and Debbie Murray, Associate Dean and Co-PI for the Community Engaged Research Program (CERP)!

Dr. Lilian Sattler, FDN, was selected to be our first KL2 Scholar. This is a highly competitive mentored career development award funded through the Georgia CTSA Institutional Career Development Core.  As a KL2 scholar she will conduct a study evaluating nutrition in heart failure patients. Her KL2 mentorship team includes Drs. Henry Young and Rick Lewis (UGA), Dr. Murrow (AU/UGA Medical Partnership), and Drs. Quyyumi and Dunbar (Emory).   Please join me in congratulating Dr. Sattler on this significant achievement and award.

Georgia CTSA is one of 64 Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) at major academic medical centers across the country, funded by the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS), and the only CTSA in Georgia. Banking on the familiarity of the long-standing CTSA program, we decided to be known simply as the “Georgia CTSA.”

Source: W. Robert Taylor, MD, PhD, Interim Chair, Medicine and Director, Division of Cardiology, Emory University School of Medicine and Brad Phillips, UGA College of Pharmacy and CO-PI on the GaCTSA.


The Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance (Georgia CTSA) is an inter-institutional magnet that concentrates basic, translational, and clinical research investigators, community clinicians, professional societies, and industry collaborators in dynamic clinical and translational research projects. Emory engaged three of its close academic partners - Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), and the University of Georgia (UGA) - to form the Georgia CTSA. This partnership, a strategic multi-institutional alliance, offers compelling, unique, and synergistic advantages to research and patients statewide.

Two RFPs are attached, both with deadlines of November 15.

Pilot Translational & Clinical Studies

Georgia CTSA’s Pilot Translational & Clinical Studies (PTCS) program is soliciting proposals that either a.) generate preliminary data and refine research strategies for subsequent extramural grant applications or b.) develop the best approaches and methodologies to address complex translational and clinical research problems.

Up to $40,000

Biostatistics, Epidemiology, & Research Design

Georgia CTSA’s Biostatistics, Epidemiology, & Research Design (BERD) program is soliciting proposals to support novel methodological research in biostatistics, epidemiology, or health economics to advance clinical and translational research (CTR).

Up to $15,000

For more information contact Michael C. McGough, Grants Coordinator


Ms. Alexis Morgan returns to FACS and UGA as our new Director of Alumni Relations. Alexis started Thursday, October 12, just in time for Homecoming and FACS Week! Her email address is and her office is in the Dean’s Suite, Dawson Hall 224.

Ms. LaFarrah Smith joined the TMI department as the new Administrative Specialist starting October 9. LaFarrah has been part of UGA for 18 years. Before joining TMI she was in the computer science department. Earlier, she has worked in the College of Education, School of Music, Department of Psychology, Graduate School, and College of Pharmacy. She brings with her a lot of experience, and we are glad to have her join the TMI department and our college.


Please help recruit the newest faculty to the college! We have four active searches and the postings for these positions can be found at UGA Faculty Jobs or through the college web site for Job Opportunities

  1. Human Development and Family Science

Assistant/Associate Profession in HDFS

Review of applications begins Nov. 15

  1. Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors

Assistant Professor of Merchandising 

Review of applications begins Nov. 20

  1. Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics

Assistant Professor/Associate Professor in Consumer Economics

Review of applications begins January 8, 2018

  1. Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics

Associate Professor/Professor in Financial Planning 

(application coming soon)

This FP position is new funding to the college through the competitive Presidential Hiring Initiative – Investing in the Student Experience. Launched in August, this ambitious hiring initiative sought proposals for tenure-track, lecture and advisors positions to address those curricular areas/majors that are experiencing dramatic growth in student demand at UGA. The areas identified were computer science; management information systems; finance; financial planning; engineering; statistics; biology; biochemistry/molecular biology; and international affairs/political science. We are pleased to receive one tenure-track faculty positon in financial planning. The position is funded 100% centrally and funded 80% towards start-up costs. The start date must be no later than Fall 2018 (with no exceptions).

SCHEDULE (Dean’s travel and purpose during the next two weeks):

  • Tuesday, October 17, attend meeting of the Housing and Demographics Research Center, Atlanta, GA
  • Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 23 through 25, Atlanta, various development and fund raising visits.
  • The next Dean’s Update will be Tuesday, October 31, 2017.


Linda Kirk Fox


The College of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Georgia embraces a commitment to diversity by modeling for the state and nation a community of individuals and programs which seek to reduce prejudice, disparities, and discrimination and build a supportive environment for all.

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